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Early warning scores

Angel Paternina-Caicedo, Jezid Miranda, Ghada Bourjeily, Andrew Levinson, Carmelo Dueñas, Camilo Bello Muñoz, José A Rojas-Suarez
BACKGROUND: Every day, about 830 women die worldwide from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetric early-warning scores have been proposed as a potential tool to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, based upon the identification of predetermined abnormal values in the vital signs or laboratory parameters, to generate a rapid and effective medical response. Several early-warning scores have been developed for obstetrical patients, but the majority are the result of a clinical consensus rather than statistical analyses of clinical outcome measures (i...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Delay in recognizing clinical deterioration in acutely unwell patients often leads to cardiac arrests and unexpected admissions to the Intensive Care Unit. Early Warning Scoring Systems based on vital physiological parameters help in early detection of clinical deterioration. When combined with a system of prompt and appropriate clinical response, they have been shown to improve outcome. A standardised National Early Warning Score has been implemented in the United Kingdom. There is a need to implement an early warning scoring system in hospitals in India in order to ensure effective and judicious utilization of our overburdened acute services and to minimize adverse outcomes...
May 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Prasita Kshirsagar, Shaylika Chauhan, Dinesh Samel
BACKGROUND: The authors wished to develop a scoring system for evaluating patients presenting with febrile thrombocytopenia for risk stratification, predicting patient outcome and optimization of care especially in resource poor countries. OBJECTIVE: 1. To decide a protocol in the management of patients with fever and thrombocytopenia. 2. To develop screening or therapeutic guidelines (early warning score-EWS) in febrile thrombocytopenic patients and decide about therapeutic interventions...
February 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Sean Booth, Abhijit Bhosale, Abubakar Mustafa, Ravi Shenoy, Anand Pillai
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic Hallux valgus can be treated with metatarsal osteotomy combined with proximal phalangeal osteotomy, however this might not be sufficient to treat severe HV deformities. METHODS: Fifteen feet in eleven female patients treated with double first metatarsal and proximal phalanx osteotomies without lateral release were prospectively studied and outcome measures including radiological angles and validated patient reported outcome scores collected...
September 20, 2016: Foot
Shannon N Acker, Beth Wathen, Genie E Roosevelt, Lauren R S Hill, Anna Schubert, Jenny Reese, Denis D Bensard, Ann M Kulungowski
Introduction The rapid response team (RRT) is a multidisciplinary team who evaluates hospitalized patients for concerns of nonemergent clinical deterioration. RRT evaluations are mandatory for children whose Pediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) score (assessment of child's behavior, cardiovascular and respiratory status) is ≥4. We aimed to determine if there were differences in characteristics of RRT calls between children who were admitted primarily to either medical or surgical services. We hypothesized that RRT activations would be called for less severely ill children with lower PEWS score on surgical services compared with children admitted to a medical service...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
M St-Jean, P R Harrigan, P Sereda, Jsg Montaner, V D Lima
OBJECTIVES: The World Health Organization (WHO)'s HIV drug resistance (HIVDR) early warning indicators (EWIs) measure antiretroviral therapy (ART)-site factors associated with HIVDR prevention, without HIVDR laboratory testing. We assessed the relationship between EWIs and HIVDR acquisition using data from British Columbia, Canada. METHODS: Eligible patients were ART-naïve, were ≥ 19 years old, had initiated ART between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2012, had ≥ 15 months of follow-up, and were without transmitted HIVDR...
October 4, 2016: HIV Medicine
Barbara DeVoe, Anita Roth, Gregory Maurer, Michal Tamuz, Martin Lesser, Renee Pekmezaris, Amgad N Makaryus, Alan Hartman, Paola DiMarzio
BACKGROUND: The Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) helps identify patients experiencing a decline in physiological parameters that indicate risk for cardiac arrest (CA). OBJECTIVES: To assess the association between MEWS values and patient survival following in-hospital CA. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of patients who experienced in-hospital CA. The relationship between CA survival and MEWS values as well as other risk factors such as age, gender and type of electrographic cardiac rhythms was analyzed using logistic regression...
October 1, 2016: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
Thomas Desautels, Jacob Calvert, Jana Hoffman, Melissa Jay, Yaniv Kerem, Lisa Shieh, David Shimabukuro, Uli Chettipally, Mitchell D Feldman, Chris Barton, David J Wales, Ritankar Das
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is one of the leading causes of mortality in hospitalized patients. Despite this fact, a reliable means of predicting sepsis onset remains elusive. Early and accurate sepsis onset predictions could allow more aggressive and targeted therapy while maintaining antimicrobial stewardship. Existing detection methods suffer from low performance and often require time-consuming laboratory test results. OBJECTIVE: To study and validate a sepsis prediction method, InSight, for the new Sepsis-3 definitions in retrospective data, make predictions using a minimal set of variables from within the electronic health record data, compare the performance of this approach with existing scoring systems, and investigate the effects of data sparsity on InSight performance...
September 30, 2016: JMIR Medical Informatics
Kristina Krmpotic, Ann Van den Bruel, Anna-Theresa Lobos
OBJECTIVE: Hospitalized children who are admitted to the inpatient ward can deteriorate and require unplanned transfer to the PICU. Studies designed to validate early warning scoring systems have focused mainly on abnormalities in vital signs in patients admitted to the inpatient ward. The objective of this study was to determine the patient and system factors that experienced clinicians think are associated with progression to critical illness in hospitalized children. METHODS: We conducted a modified Delphi study with 3 iterations, administered electronically...
October 2016: Hospital Pediatrics
Diana Sbiti-Rohr, Alexander Kutz, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Robert Thomann, Werner Zimmerli, Claus Hoess, Christoph Henzen, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the accuracy of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) to predict mortality and adverse clinical outcomes for patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) compared to standard risk scores such as the pneumonia severity index (PSI) and CURB-65. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of patients included in a previous randomised-controlled trial with a median follow-up of 6.1 years. SETTINGS: Patients with CAP included on admission to the emergency departments (ED) of 6 tertiary care hospitals in Switzerland...
2016: BMJ Open
Philippe Cavailler, Arnaud Tarantola, Yee Sin Leo, Andrew A Lover, Anne Rachline, Moniboth Duch, Rekol Huy, Ai Li Quake, Yuvatha Kdan, Veasna Duong, Jeremy L Brett, Philippe Buchy
BACKGROUND: Dengue is endemic throughout Cambodia, a country faced with significant health and economic challenges. We undertook a clinical study at the National Paediatric Hospital in Phnom Penh to evaluate clinical diagnostic parameters for dengue and predictors of disease outcome. METHODS: Between September 2011 and January 2013, all consecutive inpatients aged between 1 and 15 years and presenting with suspected dengue were enrolled. They were clinically assessed using both the 1997 and 2009 WHO dengue classifications...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Patricia Kipnis, Benjamin J Turk, David A Wulf, Juan Carlos LaGuardia, Vincent XLiu, Matthew M Churpek, Santiago Romero-Brufau, Gabriel J Escobar
: Patients in general medical-surgical wards who experience unplanned transfer to the intensive care unit (ICU) show evidence of physiologic derangement 6 to 24 hours prior to their deterioration. With increasing availability of electronic medical records (EMRs), automated early warning scores (EWSs) are becoming feasible. OBJECTIVE: To describe the development and performance of an automated EWS based on EMR data. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used a discrete-time logistic regression model to obtain an hourly risk score to predict unplanned transfer to the ICU within the next 12 hours...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Matthew M Churpek, Ashley Snyder, Xuan Han, Sarah Sokol, Natasha Pettit, Michael D Howell, Dana P Edelson
RATIONALE: The 2016 definitions of sepsis included the quick Sepsis-related Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) score to identify high-risk patients outside the intensive care unit (ICU). OBJECTIVE: We sought to compare qSOFA to other commonly used early warning scores. METHODS: All admitted patients first meeting criteria for suspicion of infection in the emergency department (ED) or hospital wards from November 2008 until January 2016 were included...
September 20, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Qin Qin, Yiqin Xia, Yu Cao
OBJECTIVE: Shock, the most common severe emergency syndrome, has a complicated etiopathogenesis, is difficult to identify, progresses quickly, and is dangerous. Early identification and intervention play determining roles in the final outcomes of shock patients, but no specific scoring system for shock has been established to date. METHODS: We collected 292 shock patients and analyzed the correlation between 28-day prognosis and the Acute Physiologic Assessment and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II), Modified Early Warning System (MEWS), and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment scoring systems...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Roman Romero-Ortuno, Stephen Wallis, Richard Biram, Victoria Keevil
AIM: Frail individuals may be at higher risk of death from a given acute illness severity (AIS), but this relationship has not been studied in an English National Health Service (NHS) acute hospital setting. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study in a large university NHS hospital in England. We analyzed all first non-elective inpatient episodes of people aged ≥75years (all specialties) between October 2014 and October 2015. Pre-admission frailty was assessed with the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) of the Canadian Study on Health & Aging, and AIS in the Emergency Department was measured with a Modified Early Warning Score (ED-MEWS<4 was considered as low acuity, and ED-MEWS≥4 as high acuity)...
September 2, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Kimberly Douglas, Jerry Christopher Collado, Sheila Keller
Despite the addition of family-activated rapid response to the rapid response team algorithm, a children's hospital did not see an increase in utilization of the pediatric rapid response team. A Pediatric Early Warning Score in non-ICU pediatric inpatient units was implemented to increase the number of rapid response team activations. A retrospective review of the 130-bed facility, over a 12-month period, revealed an increase in pediatric rapid response calls, with a subsequent decrease in code team activations...
October 2016: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
Lily E Johnston, Jennifer L Kirby, Emily A Downs, Damien J LaPar, Ravi K Ghanta, Gorav Ailawadi, Benjamin D Kozower, Irving L Kron, Anthony L McCall, James M Isbell
BACKGROUND: Hypoglycemia is a known risk of intensive postoperative glucose control in patients undergoing cardiac operations. However, neither the consequences of hypoglycemia relative to hyperglycemia, nor the possible interaction effects, have been well described. We examined the effects of postoperative hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and their interaction on short-term morbidity and mortality. METHODS: Single-institution Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) database patient records from 2010 to 2014 were merged with clinical data, including blood glucose values measured in the intensive care unit (ICU)...
August 25, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Luke E Hodgson, Borislav D Dimitrov, Jo Congleton, Richard Venn, Lui G Forni, Paul J Roderick
BACKGROUND: The National Early Warning Score (NEWS), proposed as a standardised track and trigger system, may perform less well in acute exacerbation of COPD (AECOPD). This study externally validated NEWS and modifications (Chronic Respiratory Early Warning Score (CREWS) and Salford-NEWS) in AECOPD. METHODS: An observational cohort study (2012-2014, two UK acute medical units (AMUs)), compared AECOPD (2361 admissions, 942 individuals, International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems-10 J40-J44 codes) with AMU patients (37 109 admissions, 20 415 individuals)...
August 23, 2016: Thorax
Sion Jo, Jaechol Yoon, Jae Baek Lee, Youngho Jin, Taeoh Jeong, Boyoung Park
STUDY OBJECTIVES: What is the predictive value of the National Early Warning Score-Lactate (NEWS-L) score for mortality and the need for critical care in general emergency department (ED) patients? METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we enrolled all adult patients who visited the ED of an urban academic tertiary-care university hospital in South Korea over 2 consecutive months. The primary outcome was 2-day mortality. The secondary outcomes were the need for critical care (advanced airway use, vasopressor or inotropic agent use, intensive care unit admission) during an ED stay; 2-day composite outcome (2-day mortality and the need for critical care); 7-day mortality; and in-hospital mortality...
June 29, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Adele Mott, Susan Kafka, Adam Sutherland
AIMS: To pilot a novel approach to providing pharmaceutical care to paediatric inpatients using structured referral and assessment tools. Using standardised referral criteria to ensure patients are assessed by appropriately skilled pharmacists. METHOD: Three wards of varying acuity and specialism were selected in a tertiary children's hospital in England - General Paediatric Ward (GPW), High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Haematology/Oncology Ward (HOW). The project ran for three months...
September 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
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